In case you missed it (although we’re sure you didn’t), our February collection released earlier this month and has been a huge hit with Trunk Keepers and customers alike! Full of colorful patterns, playful designs and plenty of coordinating styles so your littles can match, there is so much to love this month. We caught up with Print Artist, Maggie Szott, to learn what inspired her this season and what it takes to create the perfect print!
MJC: In just a few words, tell us about the February collection!
MS: “It’s playful, bright, unexpected, fun and made with love!”
MJC: Describe your approach when working on a pattern for a new season.
MS: “Our patterns are always mindfully chosen to convey the theme for a new season. We start by gathering various inspiration elements and create pattern boards for each release. Next, we carefully put together the color palette and then I begin my pattern design.”
MJC: “Do you create patterns digitally or by hand?”
MS: “It all depends on the feeling I want the pattern to convey. Some patterns require pen and ink sketches with an overlay of color to show movement or texture (like the Easter bunnies pattern), while others can be done digitally. I love both methods!”
MJC: “What is your favorite pattern you worked on for February?”
MS: “Do I HAVE to choose one? I love them all! But, my favorite ones are usually the conversational patterns. They are always so much fun, unexpected and whimsical!”
MJC: “We know you worked on the cupcake print featured in the Let’s Talk Dress! How did you begin working on that one?”
MS: “The cupcake print was so much fun to do! I knew I wanted them all to look super yummy and be filled with sprinkles, hearts, stars, fruit, fun and joy! There is a cute little donut shop near my home that always has these amazing donuts that look like cupcakes, which inspired this print for sure! In the beginning, I chose the colors and started with the fruit. Since I knew I wanted six different cupcakes to create a nice variety within the print, I began playing with different toppings and shapes. After each cupcake was complete, I arranged them into a pattern and recolored it in multiple colorways. It’s one of my favorites!”
MJC: “Wow! How long did it take for you to work on the cupcake pattern?”
MS: “Just a couple of hours. All of the elements are individually created before combining them to form the whole cupcake. Each one is unique and special in its own way!”